Educational Institutions

The Montessori Foundation, Inc.

  • Bradenton, FL
  • www.montessori.org

Mission Statement

The mission of The Montessori Foundation is to inspire, nurture, and support the development of strong Montessori schools worldwide, with programs serving children from the infant and toddler level through high school. We work to advance Montessori education in the United States and abroad. The Foundation works with educational leaders, teachers, and school board members to promote the insights and educational approach pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori, the world-famous physician who pioneered modern brain research and began a revolution in educational reform around the world The Montessori Foundation also serves as a source of information, advice, and assistance to parents who are interested in Montessori education, or who have children currently attending Montessori schools. Montessori represents a distinctly different educational approach that has proven to be highly effective, replicable, adaptable, and sustainable around the world. The name Montessori is well known, but many Americans are just now becoming aware of the size of the movement and its growing support among leading proponents of meaningful educational reform. Montessori schools begin with children when they are very young, nurturing their intelligence, creativity, and imagination. Our programs are highly flexible, allowing children to learn at their own pace, in ways that adapt to their individual learning styles. Montessori is successful with a wide-range of learners, including the highly gifted. There are more than 5,000 Montessori schools in the United States, and it is estimated that there are some 50,000 world-wide. This number is rapidly expanding. Montessori schools are known for developing young people who have developed a passion for learning, a strong sense of independence and responsibility, a global perspective, and a tradition of giving back to their communities. Montessori graduates include the founders of many of the world's most successful companies (Google, Amazon, and America On Line (AOL) to name just three), and many other well-known figures in science, technology, and the arts.

Main Programs

  1. International Center for Secondary Montessori Education
  2. Montessori Research Project
Service Areas

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International

We work with Montessori schools worldwide and collaborate, where possible, with other NGOs to assist in the formation and promotion of Montessori schools and partnership-based education.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 1992

Self-reported

Joyce St. Giermaine

Keywords

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education,montessori,peace,peace education,global education,character education

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EIN

52-1798231

Also Known As

The Montessori Foundation

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Major programs: The NewGate School in Sarasota is our Lab School. It serves as a national center for program and curriculum development. It is a fully accredited international Montessori academy for students from age 18 months through the 12th grade. It offers the first Montessori-International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Florida. Over the years, NewGate has continued to draw hundreds of families to Sarasota because of its international reputation and ties to the Montessori Foundation. The Center for Montessori Leadership runs a wide-range of programs of professional development for Montessori school administrators. Our Publications Center offers professional resources for Montessori educators, many of which are authored by our staff. We publish Tomorrow's Child magazine for Montessori families. It is read by more than 5,500 Montessori schools and 30,000 subscribers around the world. Montessori Family Life - A national program aimed at supporting positive family life and values. International conferences for Montessori educators: Our annual international conference is held in Sarasota every November. School Consultation: We provide expert guidance in the formation of new schools, new program development, strategic planning, facilities design, and preparation for accreditation. Curriculum and Program Development for Montessori Schools: The Foundation places special focus on international studies, Arts immersion programs, second language study, organic school garden programs, teaching philosophy and ethics to young children, peace education in schools, and the development of Montessori middle and high schools. The Montessori Education Research Institute conducts ongoing studies into the outcomes of Montessori education and the success of Montessori graduates. The Montessori Academy for Peace offers program of retreats, workshops, and symposia for educators on issues specifically connected to the development of Peaceful Children, Peaceful Families, and Peaceful School Communities. The International Montessori Council is our membership and school accreditation arm. We publish its professional journal, Montessori Leadership. We maintain an Online Directory of Montessori Schools.

Programs

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Program 1

International Center for Secondary Montessori Education

Through the International Center for Secondary Montessori Education, we have begun to develop and disseminate comprehensive international Montessori middle and high school curriculum, assist schools in organizing new Montessori secondary programs, and prepare secondary Montessori educators and program coordinators to integrate Montessori principles with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Thus far our progress has been limited by budget. We need to bring on part-time a project coordinator and several additional curriculum experts.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 2

Montessori Research Project

This multi-phase program will significantly contribute to the body of knowledge in the Montessori research field in the following 3 areas:1) Academic Growth within the framework of the Montessori Scope & Sequence. 2) Academic Growth within the framework of the universally understood educational goals as outlined in the Common Core State Standards. 3) Non-academic Growth in the Montessori environment (Executive Function/Grit)* *We are pleased to be working with Angela Duckworth's team as they are experts in the field of research on development and assessment of ""Grit."" We expect to establish an initial data pool of over 10,000 students at public and independent Montessori schools across the United States. The students will be followed during the years while they attend Montessori programs with ongoing longitudinal follow up into adulthood. Full details of action steps are incorporated in the Foundation's strategic plan.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$250,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work with Montessori schools worldwide and collaborate, where possible, with other NGOs to assist in the formation and promotion of Montessori schools and partnership-based education.

Funding Needs

Initial funding for a Director of Development to provide leadership in applying for grants, annual, and capital campaigns: $75,000/first year. Funding assistance for the establishment of a Center for Secondary Montessori Education, which will develop comprehensive international Montessori middle and high school curriculum, assist schools in organizing new Montessori secondary programs, and prepare secondary Montessori educators and program coordinators to integrate Montessori principles with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: $150,000. Funding Assistance for the Montessori Education Research Institute to conduct Longitudinal Studies on the Benefits of Montessori Education, prepare and disseminate a yearbook of peer reviewed research on the outcomes of Montessori education: $150,000.

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Principal Officer

Joyce St. Giermaine

BIO

As a founding member of The Montessori Foundation, I have served as Executive Director for the past 20 years. I am also the Editor of Tomorrow's Child and Montessori Leadership.I have a BS in Political Science from the American University's School of Government and Public Administration (Washington, DC), I graduated at the age of 21 and then spent the next five years working for various non-profits in the Washington, DC area. At the age of 26, I returned to school to pursue a law degree at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law (Washington, DC). I completed my degree and became a member of the Maryland Bar Association. My legal experience focused on banking, serving as in-house legal counsel for savings and loan institutions. Ultimately, I was employed by the State of Maryland as onsite legal counsel for S&L's that were impacted by the Savings and Loan crisis that took place in the 1980s I returned to graduate school and obtained certification as an editor, graphic designer, and fundraiser from George Washington University (Washington, DC). Over the next decade, I worked for various non-profits in Washington, DC. I enrolled my two children in Montessori at the ages of two and three, and they both stayed through the eighth grade. My son is now a Montessori teacher, and my daughter is a forensic psychologist, so I have first-hand experience that Montessori works. Since 1992, I've been Executive Director of The Montessori Foundation, and I have done virtually every job here except teach in a classroom. To serve as Executive Director of a small non-profit, no matter what degrees we've earned, the most important qualifications are: a sense of humor; the tenacity to continue to root for the underdog; and a steadfast belief that what you are doing can change the world for the better. —Joyce St. Giermaine JD, Executive Director

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). It is not a franchise; even the name 'Montessori' was never protected by copyright. Although Dr. Montessori's core principles remain the foundation of hereducational approach, adaptations have occurred over the years, which resulted in the creation of a number of Montessori organizations, each with varying degrees of agreement and disagreement about the manner in which Montessori should be presented, As a result, the professional Montessori community became divisive and confusing, especially to parents. The Montessori Foundation was created to be inclusive rather than exclusive. By acknowledging Montessori in its many forms, the Foundation sought to identify 'common ground' and standards which all Montessori schools could agree represented 'authentic' Montessori best practice. In so doing, the Foundation sought to raise the standards for all Montessori schools, regardless of affiliation, while also educating parents and the public about how to recognize a school that was true to a set of values of the Montessori Method. In the beginning years, the Foundation had no paid employees. Even 22 years later, we have only six full-time employees, and we all wear many hats. Most of us have been involved with the Foundation almost from its inception. Most Montessori schools are small, independent, and underfunded, especially during our nation's current economic situation. For many parents, the quickest expense they can reduce from their budget is private education. Although The Montessori Foundation is not a funding source, we do provide products and services to Montessori schools to help them develop strategies to see opportunities during this time of great financial challenge. We know that most Montessori schools have been severely impacted by the recession, and we are committed to keeping our products and services affordable. Of course, the Foundation, which is funded by Montessori schools, has also been severely impacted by the economy, and we have had to tighten our belt as well. One of the ironic 'advantages' of managing our lab school, NewGate, is that we are living the same challenges as most of the schools we serve. When we offer advice, it is based on reality and often trial and error. We share this information with every Montessori school in the US and Canada free of charge, because our commitment is to improve Montessori schools and help them grow and thrive. Their success really is the measurement of the Foundation's success. —Joyce St. Giermaine, Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Timothy David Seldin

Seldin Family Limited Partnership, International Montessori Council

Term: Nov 2014 - Oct 2017

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